What are the ingredients for a perfect Sunday Funday?
Is it hinged on finding a brunch spot with the fluffiest scrambled eggs and perfectly tangy mimosas? Does it include live music, a bike ride around Belle Isle and retail therapy at some of the city’s chic boutiques and resale shops?
Luckily, Detroiters don’t have to choose.
Detroit and its surrounding cities are chock-full of restaurants, bars and attractions that make up swimmingly sweet Sunday Fundays – and, because of Michigan’s lovably unpredictable climate, these types of Sundays vary from season to season. Snow on the ground doesn’t mean you have to hibernate weekends away – it opens up the possibility of a whole new kind of Sunday in the city.
Here are two in-your-most-wildly-perfect-dreams Detroit Sunday Fundays, for summer sunshine, snowstorms and every day in between.
The perfect summer Sunday
Breakfast with perfect pastries
Nothing wakes you up on a Sunday morning quite like the smell of fresh pastries. Hudson Cafe in downtown Detroit is known for their decadent red velvet pancakes. Avalon International Breads, with multiple locations across the region, carry everything from biscuit breakfast sandwiches to mouthwatering carrot cake (because it’s never too early for cake!)
Eastern Market visit
This historic market, which has been in operation since the 1800s, swells with vendors and shoppers all year-round, but summer Sundays at the market in particular are very special. Supino Pizzeria serves up some of the best slices in the city and retail spaces like Signal-Return and Germack’s make Eastern Market a one-stop shop.
Midday coffee stop
The post-brunch-I’m-full-and-tired feeling is no joke. Luckily, there is no shortage of coffee joints in the area – from cold brews to drip coffee, there’s a favorite java spot for everyone. Summer Sundays can best be spent at airy, light-filled coffee shops like Astro Coffee in Corktown.
Detroit is best viewed on a bike. Wheelhouse Detroit on the riverfront is ready to provide you with some wheels to head down the RiverWalk toward Belle Isle for a full day of sun, beach and biking. With arguably the best view of the city, the state-owned park is perfect for solo rides and family activities.
Dinner, drinks, dancing
There’s no shame in ending a Sunday night in Detroit on the dance floor. Make a whole night out of it in Corktown with dinner and drinks at Gold Cash Gold and finish it off with dancing (and maybe more drinks) on Motor City Wine’s patio.
The most wonderful winter Sunday:
Breakfast or brunch somewhere cozy
Tucked away on Jefferson Avenue, The Clique restaurant serves up portions big enough to start a snowy Sunday off right. Dime Store also has an extensive brunch menu full of comfort foods like cinnamon buns and warm-you-right-up cocktails for chilly weather.
Local business retail therapy
It’s gets cold in The D, and we’re prepared for it. Local retailer, Carhartt is the place to visit for thick coats and flannels – necessities for Michigan’s harshest winters. City Bird and Nest, conveniently located right next door to one another, is an amazing local retailer with fashionable home goods and Detroit souvenirs for gifts.
Keeping it casual dinner plans
Nothing screams Sunday Funday wind-down like beer, pizza and sliders in warm atmospheres. Motor City Brewing Works in Midtown serves slices and stouts fitting for the chilliest of days. Green Dot Stables specializes in gourmet sliders, with rotating specials to keep the menu fresh (pro tip: get more than three if you’re feeling super hungry!)
Late night coffee stop:
The Bottom Line Coffee House near Wayne State University’s campus mixes classic college quaintness with easygoing vibes – a perfect combination for a quiet night to catch up on weekend productivity.
Clearly, with an incredible amount of attractions and mouthwatering food options at your fingertips, Sunday Fundays aren’t hard to make the most of in Detroit. Break out the bike or winter coat and get ready to enjoy everything the city has to offer, any time of year.